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  • APP rehomes a tiger after cutting down its forest home

    Blogpost by Jamie - August 3, 2011 at 10:08

    Cleared forest in Sumatra, which was once tiger habitat

    Cleared forest in Sumatra, in what was once tiger habitat

    The news from Indonesia today that Asia Pulp & Paper (APP) has moved a tiger from one part of South Sumatra province to another in order to protect it. This is supposed to prove that company has green stripes. But, as with anything emanating from the APP publicity machine, scratch beneath the surface and you'll find an altogether different tale.

    We know how much APP likes to paint itself as nature's friend, as in its recent adverts. So as part of attempts to give itself an air of responsibility, APP has sponsored the capture, relocation and release of a Sumatran tiger - remember, only about 400 of these magnificent creatures remain at large.

    The female tiger in question, named Putri (or Princess in Indonesia), has been removed... Read more >

  • How to lose a foot on fieldwork

    Blogpost by Zhong Yu - August 2, 2011 at 14:23

    Zhong Yu has worked for Greenpeace China for over seven years. She writes about the undercover research behind our latest report exposing the terrible impact that China’s growing textile industry is having on the country’s rivers. Read more >

    Every time I go out to do fieldwork, I lose a pair of shoes. Last year, investigating the July 2010 Dalian oil spill, I destroyed two pairs. This year, at a waste water discharge pipe on the Fenghua River, I destroyed a pair of shoes and one foot.

    What can I say. I know that every bit of personal protection is necessary for Greenpeace campaigners doing fieldwork, but sometimes it’s just too eye-catching. To avoid attracting attention, I pretend to be someone out for morning exercises. I put on my running shoes and join the old grandpas and grannies out ...

  • Why is the world's largest forest certification scheme still standing by APP?

    Blogpost by Andy - Greenpeace UK - August 1, 2011 at 10:19

    A dead Sumatran tiger, found trapped on an APP concession, is carried away by fo

    Earlier this week, we released some sad, shocking footage showing the slow and gruesome death of a Sumatran tiger that became trapped within an Asia Pulp and Paper (APP) concession in Sumatra's Riau province. The video footage also revealed that in the same APP area, recent forest clearance had taken place in an area identified as tiger habitat.

    This episode is not only tragic in conservation terms, it highlights the role of the world’s largest forestry certification body - the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) - in greenwashing APP’s reputation by certifying some of its very questionable products.

    Incredibly, APP products containing timber from the area where this tiger died could actually receive the PEFC stamp of approval and be sold around the world as s... Read more >

  • Tim DeChristopher, A New Hero

    Blogpost by Kumi Naidoo - July 29, 2011 at 13:35

    The environment and the world have a new hero, a reluctant hero perhaps, but someone who in good conscience could not stand by and watch a grave injustice take place without trying to prevent it. Without taking a stand at a risk to his own liberty. His name is Tim DeChristopher, and he joins the pantheon of brave men and women who have made a difference – brave men and women whose actions ricochet and multiply into widespread social change.

    Known as "Bidder 70," he was sentenced on July 26, 2011, to two years in a US federal prison and $10,000 fine for a heroic and creative act of non-violent civil disobedience. Tim's sentence is a flagrant case of injustice.

    This case originated three years ago when Tim bid for oil and gas leases on several parcels of federal ... Read more >

  • Victory! John West changes its tuna

    Blogpost by Simon Clydesdale and Karli Thomas - July 29, 2011 at 12:18

    Our international campaign to clean up tinned tuna has had another victory!

    After more than 51,000 emails, a lot of negotiation and some interesting stickering initiatives, John West is the last of the major UK players to shift to sustainable tuna.  This is a big deal when it comes to tuna as John West produce one-third of all tuna tins sold in the UK.

    This move by John West will put even more pressure on tinned tuna companies like Clover Leaf in Canada and Sealord in New Zealand to abandon FADs and sign up to supporting the Pacific Commons marine reserves.

    John West’s commitment to shift to Pole & Line and FAD-free fishing for all of their tuna in the UK means everyone in the UK Greenpeace Tinned Tuna League Table is now committed to stop using FADs (Fish Aggregation Devices) with purse seine... Read more >

  • 250,000 people call on Volkswagen to change

    Blogpost by Richard - Greenpeace UK - July 27, 2011 at 12:22

    Stormtroopers in London on the campaign launch

    This morning something momentous happened.

    Our Jedi-o-meter hit 250,00

    One quarter of a million people - from all corners of the galaxy - calling on Volkswagen to stop blocking progress on climate change.

    We'd love to take all the credit for that, but the truth is: we can't. The only reason that our Rebellion has grown this strong, this quickly, is because you all got so involved.

    I mean, we've got a few thousand friends on Facebook, and a couple of followers on Twitter. But there's no way we could have reached so many people without you enlisting your friends and making sure that everyone knew what Volkswagen was up to.

    Because that's what this campaign is all about: making sure that Volkswagen knows that we're not happy that it's lobbying against action on climate change. Read more >

  • Green Dreamers: There is Hope

    Blogpost by Charlotte Squire - July 27, 2011 at 10:09

    Guest blog by Charlotte Squire, Editor of the good news, green website

    This morning I shared an email chat with an Otago based Louis Chambers – who has just co-founded Generation Zero (Kiwi youth standing up for a positive future) - about an event she's promoting called 'Cheer Up Bob!'. This event literally is an attempt to convince Bob Lloyd of the Otago Energy Studies programme that our future is bright. Bob will explain why the world is doomed while Jeanette Fitzsimons (by video call) and two student speakers will then speak on why we have reason for hope.

    I had to email Louis and rave about how Happyzine was the perfect place to host news of her event because it's packed full of similar stories. She emailed back and said 'Yeah, Happyzine's my home page'. This r...

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  • Puma leaps ahead of Nike and Adidas in Detox Challenge

    Blogpost by Eoin - July 26, 2011 at 14:27

    Hats off to Puma, the third largest sportswear company in the world, for publicly committing today to eliminate all releases of hazardous chemicals from its entire product lifecycle and across its whole supply chain by 2020.

    The move comes less than two weeks into our Detox campaign, and shows yet again what's possible when activists and consumers demand more from an industry.

    Round one of the Detox challenge belongs to Puma who has sent a clear message to its competitors that allowing suppliers to use and discharge hazardous chemicals is simply not acceptable.

    Bearing witness works

    Pressure on Nike and Adidas jumped up a bar today thanks to Puma, following almost two weeks of Greenpeace actions at HQ buildings and highstreet stores, including a massive synchronized dance and strip... Read more >

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